Pontiac in the news: Non-profit medical center opens, historic downtown theater offers hurricane aid

Wellness Plan: The Wellness Plan has opened a new medical center in Pontiac. It's the second location in the city for the non-profit organization, and its fifth overall.

The newest Wellness Plan Medical Center takes over the former site of Oakland Primary Health Services at 46156 Woodward Ave. Patients can expect the same medical and dental services as offered by other Wellness Plan locations, as well as expanded services. Additional offerings include women's health services, an on-site pharmacy, and integrated behavioral health and social services.

A Federally Qualified Health Center, the Wellness Plan is a non-profit that caters to uninsured and underinsured populations. There is a Sliding Fee Discount Program for those eligible, taking factors like family size and household income into account.

"We are thrilled to build on our sustained growth and more than 40-year history in Metro Detroit with our newest location in Pontiac," The Wellness Plan CEO Anthony King says in a statement. "Reinforcing our deep ties to the Pontiac community, we will continue to provide quality medical care to those who need it most."

The Wellness Plan opened its first medical center in Pontiac three years ago, at the Henderson Health Center at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital.

Hurricane Relief: Following the devastation recently wrought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, downtown Pontiac's Flagstar Strand Theatre has announced that it will donate a portion of ticket sales to help in recovery and relief efforts.

A portion of every ticket sold to the following seven shows will be donated to the American Red Cross and MusiCares:
  • Sunday, Oct. 1 -- Boz Scaggs
  • Tuesday, Oct. 10 -- An Evening with Travis Tritt, solo acoustic
  • Wednesday, Oct. 11 -- Tango Buenos Aires
  • Thursday, Oct. 19 -- Chris Isaak
  • Saturday, Oct. -- The Artimus Pyle Band Honoring the Music of Ronnie Van Zant’s Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • Saturday, Oct. 28 -- Festival of South African Dance
  • Wednesday, Nov. 1 -- Martial Artists Acrobats of the Tianjin
The Flagstar Strand Theatre is located at 12 N. Saginaw St. in downtown Pontiac.

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